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Living in Central Park South

Central Park South may be one of Manhattan’s smallest neighborhoods, but it definitely leaves a big impression. Spanning three blocks between Eighth and Fifth Avenues, it benefits from sweeping views of Central Park and a wealth of desirable real estate. From Columbus Circle’s modern entertainment centers to Fifth Avenue’s famous department stores, there’s a lot to explore in this bustling neighborhood. And with the verdant landscapes of Central Park right next door, a moment of tranquility is never far away.

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There’s much to admire in the surrounding area. Columbus Circle’s impressive monument features a 99-jet fountain inspired by water displays in Rome, while attractions including the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center are within easy reach. The neighborhood’s midtown area is ideal for commuting both uptown and downtown, giving residents the best of both Manhattan worlds.

Central Park South real estate

Lined with modern condos and elegant co-ops, Central Park South is the go-to address for those seeking spectacular Central Park views. Hotels like the Ritz-Carlton are now selling apartments, and luxury properties are available in Columbus Circle high rises. The Plaza Hotel, famously home to beloved children’s book character Eloise, now has residences as well. These Central Park South apartments are distinct for their intricate mosaic tilework, marble flourishes and custom-made fixtures. Prestigious cooperatives like the Hampshire House overlook Central Park and include car service, parking and housekeeping facilities, rendering Central Park South real estate the height of swanky New York living.

Central Park South history

When Central Park was established in the late 1860s, it was only a matter of time until a construction boom took place along its borders. Manhattan millionaires chose to build their mansions to its east and west, leaving Central Park South open for new constructions.

The Bradley was the first apartment house built on West 59th Street, followed by the first incarnation of the Plaza hotel in 1882. With a crop of new magnificent buildings adorning it, West 59th Street officially became Central Park South in 1896. Elegant new hotels, studios and apartment buildings have come and gone during the 20th century, but this dynamic stretch of the New York skyline continues to evolve.

Central Park South restaurants

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Dining in Central Park South allows you to enjoy views of the park along with your meal. Saint Andrea Café, nestled right by the park, features Venetian cuisine including house made pasta and seafood dishes. Visit Marea for another top-tier Italian seafood restaurant with park views. Headed by Chef Michael White, guests here embark on a unique dining experience with meat and fish combined in new, innovative ways. Marea’s multiple awards include two Michelin stars and the 2010 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant.

You’ll find more award-winning dining in close proximity to Central Park South at the Time Warner Center, including Thomas Keller’s Per Se and Marc Murphy’s Landmarc Restaurant.  

Central Park South attractions

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Of course, Central Park itself is one of the neighborhood’s leading attractions. To learn more about the park’s history and architecture from a knowledgeable guide, sign up with Pedicab tours, which depart from 58th Street.

Based in Columbus Circle, the Museum of Art and Design showcases contemporary innovation in art and craft. Its collection sprawls out over four floors, including an exquisite jewelry section. The Art Students League has also been a hub for the fine arts since 1875. Its Central Park South location features a gallery with works completed by students as well as visiting artists. It’s also the go-to place for locals to hone their artistic skills, with a full calendar of drawing, painting, welding and sculpture courses.

Central Park South nightlife

Central Park South’s best bars are often found in its hotels. Harry’s New York Bar at the Park Lane, for example, and Southgate Bar & Restaurant at the Marriott are chic spaces with inviting cocktail menus. Alternatively, you can experience classic New York glamour by visiting the Plaza Hotel’s famous Champagne Bar, which has served slim glasses of bubbly to celebrities and royalty since 1907, when it was known as the Champagne Porch. Adjacent to the glittering hotel lobby, this bar overlooks the Pulitzer Fountain and Fifth Avenue.

The Plaza is also home to the Rose Club, an indulgent lounge where you can sink back into plush velvet cushions and enjoy a retro cocktail like the Brandy Flip. Once home to the Persian Room, which has hosted performers such as Liza Minnelli and Billie Holiday, the Rose Club stays true to its roots by presenting live jazz every Wednesday evening.

P.J. Carney’s claims to be New York’s friendliest pub and it is indeed a beloved Central Park South institution. Open since 1927, it has drawn patrons from all walks of life. If you time it right, you just might see hotel porters from the Plaza hobnobbing with musicians from Carnegie Hall.

Central Park South shopping

An array of luxurious stores characterizes the shopping scene in Central Park South. One prime example of the neighborhood’s distinctive retail experience is the Boutiques at 50 Central Park South, located in the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Bovet and Ulysse Nardin are the two luxury watch brands that share this 1,000-square-foot boutique space, each with its own distinct personality. The Ulysse Nardin area adheres to the brand’s nautical theme, with teak boat decking used for the flooring. And Bovet provides an opulent shopping experience with gold faux-alligator skin flooring and walnut walls.

The Ritz isn’t the only hotel with an upscale shopping experience; the Plaza also houses boutiques selling jewelry, children’s couture and homeware.

Fashion mecca Bergdorf Goodman is a New York landmark, occupying an entire block of 5th Avenue at 58th Street since 1901. This palatial department store lures visitors and designers from around the world for its seemingly endless array of high-end goods. You’ll also find a bevy of chain stores just f away. The Shops at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center, adjacent to Central Park South, has over 50 retailers and boutiques to peruse.

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